While some ways of celebrating the new year are run of the mill, others are quite eccentric. Interested in having an off-beat celebration? Here are some strange New Year’s Eve traditions from around the world you could adopt for your 2016 celebrations.
Clash of the Kitchenware
If you want to ring in the new year with a true bang, forget the noisemakers and firecrackers, head outside with your closest friends, and hit your pots and pans with wooden spoons. This noisy tradition is practiced in parts of Australia, New Zealand, and the Philippines.
In some countries, wearing a specific color of underwear on New Year’s Eve is thought to bring good luck throughout the next year. Italians wear red underwear, Argentinians wear pink, and Venezuelans wear yellow undies.
Taking a Stroll
Don’t have any vacation plans for New Year’s Eve? Then take your empty luggage and have a walk around the block. The purpose of this Colombian tradition is to bring traveling opportunities in the new year.
Some people in the U.S. eat black-eyed peas to garner luck in the new year, but in the Netherlands and Belgium people eat fried pastry called oliebollen. These bits of fried dough dusted with powdered sugar are also known as Dutch doughnuts, and they’re traditionally enjoyed on New Year’s Eve. Eating oliebollen won’t start your diet resolution off on the right foot, but they are rather tasty. For a healthy alternative, eat a spoonful of lentils when the clock strikes midnight like many people do in Chile.
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